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Old awnings, draperies, sheets, quilts, potato sacks, in fact, almost any kind of material large or small, torn

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Fig. 496. - "A" Shelter Tent or worn, can be cut, pieced, or mended, for a back-yard tent; and almost any kind of easily packed material can be made into a good enough shelter for sleeping out when on a hike. Four ways of utilizing such material as the above are shown in the illustrations in this chapter. Other plans

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Fig. 496. - Tripod Tent for tent making - for making an "A" and a wall tent of standard proportions - are presented in the author's book Handicraft for Handy Boys.

The "A" Shelter Tent shown in Fig. 496 is about as simple a tent as you can make. The ridge-pole, for which a rake-handle or pole of about that size, may be used, is supported at one end by blocks of wood nailed to a fence or tree in the form of a bracket. The other end is suspended from the fence top or tree trunk by ropes. The tent material, after being thrown over the ridge-pole, can be tied at the sides to stakes driven into the ground, or the side edges can be tacked to wooden strips fastened to stakes, as shown in Fig. 496. The latter arrangement makes a neater appearing tent.

For the Tripod Tent shown in

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Fig. 497. - Diagram of Cloth for Tripod Tent

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Fig. 498. - Lean-To Tent

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Fig. 499. - Diagram of Cloth for Lean-To Tent

Fig. 496, you will need a piece of covering material 7 feet square, and three poles. The cloth must be folded in half from corner to corner, as indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 497, and the poles must be set up tripod fashion so that the cloth will enclose two sides as shown. Tapes should be sewed to the cloth, or pinned on with safety-pins, for fastening the cloth to the pole supports.

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Fig. 500. - Cage Tent

The Lean-to Tent shown in Fig. 498 is best made of a piece of cloth of the dimensions shown in Fig. 499. The dotted lines show how the cloth must be folded. Portion A forms the top of the tent, portions B the sides, and corners C turn under and lie flat on the ground.

The illustration shows the tent supported between trees, with a single pole supporting the front edge of the top. If no trees are at hand, support the ends of the pole on uprights. Tie or sew tapes to the corners of the tent, and drive stakes into the ground at the points for tying.

The Cage Tent in Fig. 500 makes a good close-to-the

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Figs. 501 and 502. - Details of Framework for Cage Tent ground shelter tent. Prepare four hoops to support the covering material out of No. 8 or No. 9 wire, cutting this into 5-foot lengths, and bending these pieces into arches 2 feet in diameter (Fig. 501). The tent framework should measure about 5 feet from end to end. Place the arches 20 inches apart, and push the ends several inches into the ground.

The three poles across the top of the arches keep the covering material from sagging between the arches. Cut them long enough to project several inches beyond the end arches. Connect them with cords of the right length to let them hang at the distance apart shown (Fig. 502).

Figure 500 shows how to bring the covering material to a point at each end, and tie it to a stake, to enclose the tent.